Israel has killed over 10,000 Gazan women since October 7th – Day 193

Israel has killed over 10,000 Gazan women since October 7th – Day 193

In Gaza, deaths of women and children, torture, health risks; drones that broadcast sounds of babies crying used to ambush civilians; Netanyahu denies famine while destroying Gazan farmland; unexploded Israeli bombs found in schools; Palestinian journalists; Israeli settler/military violence out of control; land theft in West Bank; US wants probe into Hind Rajab’s death; Congress says “river to the sea” is antisemitic; USC valedictorian Asna Tabassum canceled, more

By IAK staff, from reports

UN: Over 10,000 women killed in Gaza

11 Palestinians killed in an Israeli slaughter in Maghazi refugee camp

Israeli occupation forces committed a new massacre in the al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip Tuesday evening, resulting in the death of 11 people – most of them children – and numerous wounded, the majority of whom were children.

The attack reportedly targeted a playground.

Eight Gazans killed in Israeli Attack on police vehicle

Al Jazeera’s Hani Mahmoud reports from Rafah: In the past hour, we’ve seen an Israeli attack on a police vehicle that is believed to be one of the vehicles that was tasked with securing the delivery of aid, maintaining some sort of order and preventing chaos as aid makes its way to the northern part and Gaza City.

Eight people have been killed, and they are all believed to be part of the law enforcement deployment that was tasked with this mission of protecting and securing aid in the Tuffah neighborhood.

It happened in the eastern part of Gaza City, a densely populated neighborhood similar to Shujayea and other neighborhoods.

But within the past week, because of the intense bombing campaign and the ongoing artillery shelling in the area, the vast majority of the population in the area was forced into further internal displacement.

(Journalist Alison Weir describes Tuffah in early 2001, long before Hamas had some to power.)

Gaza government decries Israeli ‘torture, mistreatment’ of Palestinian children

Gaza’s Government Media Office has called on rights groups and the international community to “take action” after hearing “horrifying” testimonies from a large number of freed Palestinians who were recently detained by Israeli forces.

The testimonies include accounts from children younger than 12 years old and describe “extreme torture, mistreatment and cases of medical neglect”, the office said.

“These testimonies from the affected individuals prove yet again the monstrosity of this criminal army,” the office said.

“It is yet another example of how it [the Israeli military] violates international and humanitarian laws as it continues committing war crimes and genocide against our people in Gaza,” it added.

An aerial view of the dead Palestinian bodies that are confiscated by Israel were delivered through the Kerem Abu Salim border crossing and are buried in a mass grave dug in Rafah, Gaza on January 30, 2024
An aerial view of the dead Palestinian bodies that are confiscated by Israel were delivered through the Kerem Abu Salim border crossing and are buried in a mass grave dug in Rafah, Gaza on January 30, 2024 (photo)

Israeli drone plays sounds of children crying to lure Palestinians, witnesses say

A video verified by Al Jazeera taken from central Gaza’s Nuseirat refugee camp yesterday documented the sounds of children crying, which were seemingly coming from an Israeli quadcopter plane.

Residents in the area say this is the Israeli army’s latest way to lure civilians and kill them. At least one man was shot and killed by an Israeli sniper when he came out of his home to inspect where the sounds were coming from.

“Yesterday, the area was subjected to Israeli shelling. Three hours after the raids, we heard the voices of children crying out and the voice of a woman,” one of the witnesses, Mohammed Nabhan, said.

“When we went out, we were subjected to heavy fire from the Israeli army and the sound was coming out of an Israeli quadcopter with four propellers,” he said.


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Netanyahu rejects ‘claims about famine’ in Gaza

The New Arab reports: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday again rejected that war-torn Gaza is facing the threat of famine in his talks with the visiting British and German foreign ministers.

Netanyahu “rejected the claims by international organizations about famine in Gaza and said that Israel is doing above and beyond” what is needed “on the humanitarian issue,” his office said, as UN and aid agencies have repeatedly warned Gaza is on the brink of famine.

One-third of Gaza farm land destroyed, UN satellite imagery shows

Analysis from the UN Satellite Centre (UNOSAT) has found that 33.13 percent of Gaza’s agricultural land was damaged as of February 2024.

This was a significant increase from October 2023, when just 5.36 percent of crop fields, arable and fallow lands were damaged, an increase of more than 11,000 sq km (4,247 sq miles), according to UNOSAT.

“The decline in the health and density of the crops” was caused by “razing, heavy vehicle activity, bombing, shelling” and conflict more generally, UNOSAT said.

Gaza farmers have long cultivated diverse crops including wheat, olives and strawberries but with much of the most arable land in the Israeli buffer zone, farming has also come with many dangers.

Unexploded 1,000-pound bombs found in Gaza schools

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees reports it found the massive explosives inside schools after Israeli forces withdrew from Gaza’s city of Khan Younis.

UNWRA found “significant challenges in operating safely due to the presence of unexploded ordnance [UXOs], including 1,000-pound [450kg] bombs inside schools and on roads”.

Earlier this month, the UN said it would take “millions of dollars” and “many years” to decontaminate Gaza from unexploded munitions.

A view of destroyed UNRWA Palestinian School following Israeli attacks hit Jabalia Camp in Jabalia, Gaza on December 12, 2023
Israeli attacks on schools and universities in the Gaza Strip are “systematic”, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian Territories (photo)

Palestinian Journalists Syndicate says 100 journalists arrested since October 7

The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate says Israeli forces arrested some 100 journalists since October 7.

At least 40 of them remain in Israeli custody, the syndicate said. Most of the journalists were beaten at the moment of arrest, it added.

According to the syndicate, many of detained journalists were held under administrative detention, a controversial and vague legal process that allows Israel to imprison Palestinians without charge or trial.

West Bank

Palestinian Human Rights Orgs Urge Global Intervention as Israeli Forces and Settler Violence Intensifies Across the West Bank

In the midst of Israel’s genocidal attacks in Gaza, Al-Haq, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) urge the international community, private actors and businesses, to respond to the widespread violent attacks against Palestinians and their property across the West Bank.

Violent Israeli military and settler attacks have been escalating in intensity and scale ––between 7 October 2023 and 15 April 2024…

Like the ongoing assault on Gaza, the current escalation in the West Bank does not take place in a vacuum. Between 1 January and 31 October 2023, there were at least 1,038 incidents of settler violence.

Since 7 October 2023, settler attacks have more than doubled from an average of three to eight incidents a day. Similarly, the rate of Palestinians displaced has more than doubled –– an increase of nearly 119 percent –– as 280 Palestinians are now being displaced on average every month due to demolitions.

This is a direct result of Israeli settlement expansion, which is at its highest level since UN monitoring began in 2017, and Israel’s illegal designation of a record amount of West Bank land as state-owned.

(Read the full call to action here.)

Israeli soldiers stand by following attacks on Palestinians by Israeli settlers, north of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, on 1 August 2023.
Israeli soldiers stand by following attacks on Palestinians by Israeli settlers, north of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, on 1 August 2023. (photo)

HRW: West Bank: Israel Responsible for Rising Settler Violence

The Israeli military either took part in or did not protect Palestinians from violent settler attacks in the West Bank that have displaced people from 20 communities and have entirely uprooted at least 7 communities since October 7, 2023, Human Rights Watch said today.

Israeli settlers have assaulted, tortured, and committed sexual violence against Palestinians, stolen their belongings and livestock, threatened to kill them if they did not leave permanently, and destroyed their homes and schools under the cover of the ongoing hostilities in Gaza. Many Palestinians, including entire communities, have fled their homes and lands. The military has not assured displaced residents that it will protect their security or allow them to return, forcing them to live in precarious conditions elsewhere.

“Settlers and soldiers have displaced entire Palestinian communities, destroying every home, with the apparent backing of higher Israeli authorities,” said Bill Van Esveld, associate children’s rights director at Human Rights Watch. “While the attention of the world is focused on Gaza, abuses in the West Bank, fueled by decades of impunity and complacency among Israel’s allies, are soaring.”

(Read the full report here.)

Israel Demolishes Al-Araqeeb Bedouin Village For 224th Time

IMEMC reports: On Tuesday, the Israeli army, the police and the undercover soldiers invaded the Al-Araqeeb Bedouin village, in the Negev, and demolished it form the 224th time since 2010.

Media sources said the soldiers and the police invaded the ‘unrecognized’ village, on Tuesday in the afternoon, after surrounding and isolating it.

They added that the soldiers then forced the residents out of their dwellings before demolishing their residential tents, sheds and barns.

Israeli occupation authorities issue decision to seize 64 dunums of Palestinian land near Hebron

WAFA reports: The Israeli occupation authorities issued a military decision to seize 64 dunums of citizens’ land in the Al-Bouira area, located north of the city of Hebron, in order to establish a residential and industrial colony.

This decision comes in conjunction with settlement expansion, the pace of which has increased in light of the war on the Gaza Strip and attention has been drawn to it.

NOTE: In just the last few weeks, Israel has seized over 10,000 dunums of Palestinian land in the West Bank – in violation of international law.
Amnesty International stated:  “As long as the world continues to turn a blind eye to Israel’s relentless land grab and settlement expansion, both serious violations of international humanitarian law, the human rights of Palestinians will continue to be trampled on with impunity and UN resolutions…will remain little more than empty gestures. The international community must take a clear stand and show that it will no longer tolerate Israel’s illegal policies of annexation and settlement.”

United States, United Nations

U.S. to query Israel about 6-year-old’s killing in Gaza, State Department says

Reuters reports: The U.S. State Department will ask Israel for more information about the January death of 6-year-old Palestinian Hind Rajab in Gaza, spokesperson Matthew Miller said on Tuesday, calling for a full investigation into the matter after a Washington Post report cast doubt on Israel’s earlier explanation.

Six-year-old Palestinian girl Hind Rajab was killed along with five relatives and two medics sent to rescue her during an Israeli tank attack in Gaza City on January 29, 2024
Six-year-old Palestinian girl Hind Rajab was killed along with five relatives and two medics sent to rescue her during an Israeli tank attack in Gaza City on January 29, 2024 (photo)

The terrified girl trapped in a car in Gaza with her dead family had begged for help in a phone call to rescuers, in which gunfire could be heard as she described Israeli forces drawing near.

Relatives found her body 12 days later along with those of her aunt, uncle and their three children in their car near an ambulance and two dead ambulance workers who had tried to save her.

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that an investigation had found Israeli armored vehicles were present in the area, contrary to the Israeli Defense Forces’ claim that a preliminary investigation had found its forces were not within firing range of the car in which she was trapped.

“We’re going to go back to the government of Israel and ask them for further information,” Miller said at a press briefing, calling Hind Rajab’s death “an unspeakable tragedy, something that never should have occurred and never should occur.”

“We would still welcome a full investigation into this matter and how it occurred in the first place,” Miller added.

US House resolution condemns ‘from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free’ chant as ‘antisemitic’

The New Arab reports: A US House resolution has been passed that describes the popular pro-Palestinian protest slogan “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” as antisemitic and that its use must be condemned.

The measure passed by an overwhelming majority of 377-44-1, with 43 Democrats and one Republican voting against it and with one member voting “present” on Tuesday.

The text of the resolution notes that the words are used in speeches by the leaders of Hamas and Hezbollah, both designated by US Congress as “foreign terrorist organizations”.

Most of those who voted against the resolution were progressive-leaning Democrats, many of them currently campaigning in competitive primary races, including Summer Lee of Pennsylvania, Cori Bush of Missouri, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Jamaal Bowman of New York.

ESSENTIAL READING: The Phrase “From the River to the Sea” Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does
NOTE: Actual antisemitism is not as prevalent as Israel partisans would like us to think. A large portion of what they call antisemitism is simply criticism of Israel, the self-proclaimed “Jewish State.” Most of the animosity Israel experiences is opposition to Zionism. Zionism is not a benign philosophy, but a racist ideology – the ideology under which Israel dispossessed 750,000 Palestinian people and exiled them to Gaza and other locations. The so-called “demonization” of Israel is in most cases a legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies of occupation, apartheid, and genocide, and other illegal practices.
Pro-Israel organizations consistently work to silence Palestine advocacy on campus – a free speech violation. One strategy they use is to pressure universities to officially adopt the IHRA “definition” of antisemitism, which defines legitimate criticism of Israel as antisemitic. Other strategies include blocking prestigious appointments of and events with supporters of Palestinian rights, threatening to withhold major donations, and more. But supporters of Palestine on campus are fighting back.
No direct Israeli injuries were reported from Iran's overnight missile attack on Israel
No direct Israeli injuries were reported from Iran’s overnight missile attack on Israel (photo)

U.S. officials expect Israeli response to Iran’s retaliatory strikes will be limited

NBC News reports: U.S. officials expect a possible Israeli response to Iran’s attack over the weekend to be limited in scope and most likely involve strikes against Iranian military forces and Iranian-backed proxies outside Iran, four U.S. officials said.

As Israel was preparing for a possible Iranian attack last week, Israeli officials briefed U.S. officials about possible response options, the U.S. officials said.

The U.S. officials stressed that they have not been briefed on Israel’s final decision about how it will respond and that the options could have changed since the weekend attack.

The U.S. does not intend to take part in the military response, the officials added. They do expect Israel to share information about the actions with Washington in advance, specifically if it could have negative repercussions for Americans in the region.

Al Jazeera adds: Speaking by phone to Qatar’s emir, Ebrahim Raisi declared Iran’s aerial attack against Israel to be a success and said Iran would deliver an even more “painful” blow if there are future threat to its interests.

“We now categorically declare that the smallest action against Iranian interests will certainly be met with a severe, widespread and painful response against all its perpetrators,” the Iranian president said, according to IRNA news agency.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani told state TV that Tehran’s counterattack following any Israeli retaliation would be “a matter of seconds as Iran will not wait for another 12 days to respond”.

Democracy Now! adds: While Iran “does not want to escalate matters,” Israel may be preparing to do just that. Washington, D.C.-based analyst Trita Parsi says that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has been trying to instigate conflict between the U.S. and Iran for “more than two decades,” and given that Biden has demonstrated an unwillingness to “draw any red lines for Israel publicly,” these latest provocations could become a prime “opportunity” for such a war. Crucially, Iranian restraint “cannot last forever.”

Watch Amy Goodman’s interview with Israeli journalist Gideon Levy and others here.

UNSC could vote on Palestine’s UN membership on Thursday

The UN Security Council could vote on a draft resolution calling for the State of Palestine to become a full UN member state on Thursday, diplomatic sources have told our colleagues at Al Jazeera Arabic.

The text of the draft resolution that countries will vote on, drafted by Algeria on behalf of the Arab group of countries, has now been finalized, the Palestinian Authority‘s UN mission has said.

USC 2024 valedictorian Asna Tabassum
USC 2024 valedictorian Asna Tabassum (photo)

USC cancels its Muslim valedictorian’s commencement speech, citing safety concerns

CNN reports: What was supposed to be a time of celebration for Asna Tabassum – the University of Southern California’s 2024 valedictorian – has turned to disappointment after the university denied her the chance to give a speech at commencement over security concerns.

“Over the past several days, discussion relating to the selection of our valedictorian has taken on an alarming tenor,” USC Provost Andrew Guzman said in an online campus-wide letter. “The intensity of feelings, fueled by both social media and the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, has grown to include many voices outside of USC and has escalated to the point of creating substantial risks relating to security and disruption at commencement.”

USC student advocacy group Trojans for Israel accused Tabassum of sharing a link in the bio of her Instagram page that calls Zionism “a racist settler-colonial ideology” and advocates for the “complete abolishment” of Israel, it wrote in a social media post. (Read the full article here.)

Common Dreams adds: Writer and editor Tom Gara called out the university for the discrepancy between its actions and its course offerings.

“Incredible story. USC offers a minor in ‘resistance to genocide,’ this girl minored in it, was named valedictorian, and then they cancelled her speech because she might talk about genocide,” Gara said on social media.

More News

Al Jazeera: ‘We’re on the edge’: Palestinians terrified by Israeli settler violence
Middle East Monitor: Suspending the rule of tolerable violence: Israel’s attack and Iran’s retaliation
Middle East Eye: Why Israel’s savagery is a sign of its impending defeat
IMEMC News Reports


Palestinian death toll from October 7 – April 16: at least 34,751* (34,274 in Gaza* (at least 14,560 children, 9,582 women), and at least 477 in the West Bank (117 children). This does not include an estimated 7,000 more still buried under rubble (4,900 women and children). Euro-Med Monitor reports 40,042 Palestinian deaths.

At least 42 Palestinians have died in Israeli prisons (27 from Gaza, 14 from West Bank)

At least 31 Palestinian children and several adults have died due to malnutrition**

About 1.7 million, or 75% of Gaza’s population are currently displaced.

About 2.2 million (out of total population of 2.3 million) are facing Crisis, Emergency, or Catastrophic levels of food insecurity.

Palestinian injuries from October 7 – April 16: at least 81,664 (including at least 76,664 in Gaza and 5,000 in the West Bank).

It remains unknown how many Americans are among the casualties in Gaza.

Reported Israeli death toll from October 7 – April 16: ~1,407 (~1,139 on October 7, 2023, of which ~574 were civilians, 373 or 337 were security and/or military forces, ~32 were Americans, and ~36 were children); 259 military forces since the ground invasion began in Gaza;, 16 in the West Bank) and~8,730 injured.

Times of Israel reports: The IDF also listed 41 soldiers killed due to friendly fire in Gaza and other military-related accidents – nearly 16%.

NOTE: It is unknown at this time how many of the deaths and injuries in Israel on October 7 were caused by Israeli soldiers.

*Previously, IAK did not include 471 Gazans killed in the Al Ahli hospital blast since the source of the projectile was being disputed. However, given that much evidence points to Israel as the culprit, Israel had previously bombed the hospital and has attacked many others, Israel is prohibiting outside experts from investigating the scene, and since the UN and other agencies are including the deaths from the attack in their cumulative totals, if Americans knew is now also doing so.

**Euro-Med Monitor reports that Gaza’s elderly are dying at an alarmingly high rate. The majority die at home and are buried either close to their residences or in makeshift graves dispersed across the Strip. There are currently more than 140 such cemeteries. Additionally, according to Euromed, thousands have died from starvation, malnourishment, and inadequate medical care; these are considered indirect victims as they were not registered in hospitals. 

Find previous daily casualty figures and daily news updates here.

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